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Tales of the Arabian Nights 
30th-Dec-2009 12:56 am

It is early in the morning and I can't sleep so I'm posting this instead.

Earlier today (yesterday?) I played a couple of enjoyable games of Tales of the Arabian Nights (ToAN) with leecetheartist, rdmasters, ariaflame, and a couple of other friends.

Despite this I am not sure that I like ToAN.

A repeated comment during the games was that ToAN is, by design, a capricious game with deliberately bizarre results sometimes.

This can be amusing and even entertaining but could as easily be irritating and frustrating.

For regular consumption I would expect frustration more often than entertainment.

Especially if most games were like my first game or ariaflame's second game...

Overall I think I would call ToAN a mood game: if you have a good group in the right mood then it is worth a shot. Otherwise don't waste your time.


30th-Dec-2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Let me outtttttttttttttttttttttttttt! :-)

Possibly my most frustration game of this, but it still hasn't put me off.

When things go right it's marvellous, but it doesn't happen all that often.
30th-Dec-2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Yes I forgot to mention that bit. It was frustrating having to read the results back to you...
30th-Dec-2009 05:37 am (UTC)
I shoulda grovelled from the start!
30th-Dec-2009 06:10 am (UTC)
It depends on which jailor shows up though...
30th-Dec-2009 05:56 am (UTC)
In spite of the mild storm giving me a nasty disease on turn one, I still enjoyed the game. Now if I'd been grief stricken as well I think it would have sucked a lot more.

Sometimes with RPGs I get frozen by the sheer profusion of things choices it is possible to make. At least ToAN keeps it down to managable choices, which the type of character I'm keeping in mind tends to reduce further.

But in future possibly one game per day of it is enough.
30th-Dec-2009 07:58 am (UTC)
I did offer to fix that as soon as I had the ability to do so...
30th-Dec-2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Oh yes. I just thought I had a better way. It wasn't slowing me hugely at that point anyway.
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